Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: Mid May-Aug
Foodplant: Knotgrass, dandelion and chickweed.
|Year first recorded||1966||1988||1966|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||549||60||1218|
|Number of individuals||995||71||2132|
For the region, we have a total of 1218 records from 200 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1966.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species occurring widely across southern Britain but more local further north, the polyphagous larva feeding on the withered or mouldy leaves of herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is very common on Portland. Inland it is frequent in deciduous woodland and least often seen on sandy soils. The national norm is a first brood in June and July, followed by a partial second brood in late August and early September. However, in Dorset, univoltine and bivoltine cycles are suggested by the data.